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This lesson is part of the Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 8 mins)


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In this Spanish lesson we are going to learn the Spanish Past Perfect – El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto. The Spanish Past Perfect grammar tense is formed with the imperfect tense of the auxiliary verb Haber and a past participle. Haber is conjugated: había, habías, había, habíamos, habíais, habían and past participles are formed by dropping the infinitive endings and adding either -ado or -ido (except with some verbs that have irregular past participles). The Spanish Past Perfect tense is used to describe a past action that was completed prior to another action in the past. This is the first Spanish lesson in a series of three videos on the topic of the Spanish Past Perfect El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto and we will look specifically at the regular verb Trabajar with the auxilary verb Haber and how to conjugate (modify a verb from its base form) it for all persons in the Spanish Past Perfect. In the next lesson we will learn the irregular verbs of this grammar tense that do not follow the general rules outlined in this lesson and in the final video we will learn when exactly to use the Spanish Past Perfect with example sentences.

Lesson notes:

AR verbs: -ado (trabajado)
ER verbs: -ido (comido)
IR verbs: -ido (vivido)
(Yo) había trabajado: I had worked
(Tú) habías trabajado: You had worked
(Usted) había trabajado: You had worked (formal)
(Él/ella) había trabajado: He/she had worked
(Nosotros) habíamos trabajado: We had worked
(Vosotros) habíais trabajado: You had worked (group)
(Ustedes) habían trabajado: You had worked (group/formal)
(Ellos/as) habían trabajado: They had worked
(Yo) no había trabajado: I hadn´t worked

Activity:

Translate the following…

We had eaten
They had talked
I had had
Where had you lived?
You had read (formal/group)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Saco al perro dos veces al día.
No me gusta regar las plantas.
¿Ha planchado hoy?
¡Pon la lavadora!
Ángel va a sacar la basura.

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